ACME Communications Announces Completion of Sale of New Mexico Stations and Cash Distribution to Its Shareholders

SANTA ANA, Calif., Dec. 12, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- ACME Communications, Inc. (Pink Sheets:ACME) today announced that it has completed the sale of its New Mexico stations, KWBQ (CW), KASY (MyNetworkTV) and KRWB (KWBQ's satellite), to Tamer Media and Lin Media. The sale of the stations was approved by the Company's shareholders along with the Company's plan of liquidation. In connection with the sale, the Board has approved a special cash distribution of $0.93 per share, payable on December 21, 2012 to shareholders of record as of December 14, 2012. Pursuant to the approved plan of liquidation, the distribution is being treated as a return of capital.

The Company also released its financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2012. During the third quarter and for the first nine months of 2012, the Company's operations consisted of its New Mexico television stations, its Madison, WI station (sold in February 2012) and its Daily Buzz production, and those operations are considered as discontinued for purposes of the financial statement tables following this release.

Commenting on the sale and distribution, Doug Gealy, ACME's CEO, said, "We're pleased to have completed the sale of our remaining television stations and to now be in a position to distribute the vast majority of these net proceeds to our shareholders. We remain focused on trying to monetize our investment in the Daily Buzz, our last remaining operating asset, by finding a strategic acquiror who shares our vision for the show."

In addition to the Daily Buzz, the Company has $1.0 million in a one-year escrowed indemnification deposit to Lin Media and $290,000 in a two-year escrowed deposit to the Federal Communications Commission related to the sale of the New Mexico stations. 

Use of Broadcast Cash Flow and Adjusted EBITDA

GAAP refers to generally accepted accounting principles in the United States. Broadcast cash flow, station cash-based operating expenses and adjusted EBITDA are non-GAAP measures. Broadcast cash flow is commonly used as an indicator of operating performance for broadcasting companies and is also used to value broadcasting assets. Station cash-based operating expenses, which use program payments in place of program amortization, exclude "The Daily Buzz" production costs and exclude depreciation and amortization, are an important metric in determining our cash expense growth. Adjusted EBITDA is also used as a performance measure and often used to measure a company's ability to service debt, as evidenced by the fact that our senior credit facility historically contained financial covenants relating to our adjusted EBITDA.

Broadcast cash flow, station cash-based operating expenses and adjusted EBITDA should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for measures of performance prepared in accordance with GAAP. We consider operating income (loss) to be the most comparable GAAP measure to broadcast cash flow and to adjusted EBITDA; therefore, the Company has included a reconciliation of operating income (loss) to broadcast cash flow and adjusted EBITDA in Supplemental Table 1. A reconciliation of operating expenses to cash-based station operating expenses is included in Supplemental Table 2. Because broadcast cash flow, cash-based station operating expenses and adjusted EBITDA are not measurements determined in accordance with GAAP and are thus susceptible to varying calculations, the broadcast cash flow, cash-based station operating expenses and adjusted EBITDA as presented may not be comparable to other similarly titled measures of other companies.

The Company expects to post its quarterly report, on its Web site at by Friday, December 21, 2012.

About ACME Communications, Inc.

ACME Communications, Inc. owns and operates The Daily Buzz, a nationally syndicated morning news and lifestyle program which airs on more than 179 television markets covering approximately 73% of the country. The Company's shares are traded over-the-counter under the symbol: (Pink Sheets:ACME).

Forward-Looking Statements

The matters discussed in this press release include forward-looking statements. In addition, when used in this press release, the words "will", "expects" and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Such statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties. Many factors could cause actual results in the future to differ materially and adversely from those described in the forward-looking statements. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly release the result of any revisions to these forward-looking statements that may be made to reflect any future events or circumstances.

ACME Communications, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Income
(In thousands, except per share data)
Three Months EndedNine Months Ended
September 30,September 30,
Net revenues  $ 4,491  $ 3,451  $ 11,805  $ 14,528
Operating expenses:
Cost of service:
Programming, including program amortization 1,868 1,980 5,769 7,463
Other costs of service (excluding depreciation
and amortization of $125 and $230 for the three
months ended September 30, 2012 and 2011,
respectively, and $401 and $869 for the nine
months ended September 30, 2012 and 2011,
263 388 845 1,922
Selling, general and administrative expenses 880 1,041 2,895 4,770
Depreciation and amortization 125 230 401 869
Corporate expenses 226 307  717 1,111
Operating expenses  3,362  3,946  10,627  16,135
Operating income (loss)  1,129  (495)  1,178  (1,607)
Other income (expense):
Gain (loss) on disposal of assets  --  (10)  1,049  12,884
Interest expense, net (15) ( 1)  (42) (179)
Income (loss) from discontinuing operations, before income taxes  1,114  (506)  2,185  11,098
Income tax benefit (expense)  2,049 74  2,022 (761)
Net income (loss)  3,163  (432)  4,207  10,337
Change in fair value on investment available-for-sale  -- (2,630)  (73) (2,454)
Comprehensive income (loss)  $ 3,163  $ (3,062)  $ 4,134  $ 7,883
Net income (loss) per share, basic and diluted (discontinued):  $ 0.20  $ (0.03)  $ 0.26  $ 0.64
Weighted average basic and diluted common shares outstanding  16,047  16,047  16,047  16,047
NOTE - All of the Company's operations are now considered discontinued.
Supplemental Table 1
ACME Communications Inc. and Subsidiaries
Reconciliation of Operating Income (Loss) to Broadcast Cash Flow and Adjusted EBITDA
(In thousands)
Three Months EndedNine Months Ended
September 30,September 30,
Operating income (loss)  $ 1,129  $ (495)  $ 1,178  $ (1,607)
Add (less):
Depreciation and amortization  125  230  401  869
Amortization of program rights  401  534  1,269  2,691
Corporate expenses  226  307  717  1,111
Program payments  (459)  (595)  (1,453)  (2,999)
Broadcast cash flow (1)  1,422  (19)  2,112  65
Add (less):
Corporate expenses  (226)  (307)  (717)  (1,111)
Adjusted EBITDA  $ 1,196  $ (326)  $ 1,395  $ (1,046)
Broadcast cash flow margin (1) 31.7% -0.6% 17.9% 0.4%
Adjusted EBITDA margin (1) 26.6% -9.4% 11.8% -7.2%

(1) We define:

  • Broadcast cash flow as operating income (loss), plus depreciation and amortization, amortization of program rights and corporate expenses, less program payments (before program supplier deferrals);
  • Adjusted EBITDA as broadcast cash flow less corporate expenses;
  • Broadcast cash flow margin is broadcast cash flow as a percentage of net revenues; and
  • Adjusted EBITDA margin is adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of net revenues.
Supplemental Table 2
ACME Communications Inc. and Subsidiaries
Reconciliation of Operating Expenses to Cash-Based Station Operating Expenses
(In thousands)
Three Months EndedNine Months Ended
September 30,September 30,
Operating expenses  $ 3,362  $ 3,946  $ 10,627  $ 16,135
Add (less):
Program payments  459  595  1,453  2,999
Depreciation and amortization  (125)  (230)  (401)  (869)
Corporate expense  (226)  (307)  (717)  (1,111)
Barter program costs  (283)  (316)  (840)  (1,353)
Program amortization  (401)  (534)  (1,269)  (2,691)
Daily Buzz production costs  (1,136)  (1,076)  (3,502)  (3,069)
Total cash-based station operating expenses  $ 1,650  $ 2,078  $ 5,351  $ 10,041
CONTACT: ACME Communications, Inc.
         Doug Gealy
         Chief Executive Officer
         Jutta Gebauer
         Acting Chief Financial Officer
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